2014 AIME I Problems/Problem 3
Find the number of rational numbers such that when is written as a fraction in lowest terms, the numerator and the denominator have a sum of 1000.
We have that the set of these rational numbers is from to where each each element has and is irreducible.
We note that . Hence, is irreducible if is irreducible, and is irreducible if is not divisible by 2 or 5. Thus, the answer to the question is the number of integers between 999 and 501 inclusive that are not divisible by 2 or 5.
We note there are 499 numbers between 501 and 999, and
- 249 numbers are divisible by 2
- 99 numbers are divisible by 5
- 49 numbers are divisible by 10
Using the Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion, we get that there are numbers between and are not divisible by either or , so our answer is .
Euler's Totient Function can also be used to arrive at 400 numbers relatively prime to 1000, meaning 200 possible fractions satisfying the necessary conditions.
If the initial manipulation is not obvious, instead ,consider the euclidean algorithm. Instead of using as the fraction to use the euclidean algorithm on, rewrite this as . Thus, we want . You can either proceed as solution 1, or consider that no even numbers work, limiting us to choices of numbers and restricting to be odd. If is odd, is odd, so the only possible common factors and can share are multiples of . Thus, we want to avoid these. There are multiples of less than , so the answer is .
Say ; then . If this fraction is reducible, then the modulus of some number for is the same as the modulus for . Since , that modulus can only be or . This implies that if or , the fraction is reducible. There are 249 cases where , 99 where , and 49 where , so by PIE, the number of fails is 299, so our answer is .
Solution 4(Not a very good one)
We know that the numerator of the fraction cannot be even, because the denominator would also be even. We also know that the numerator cannot be a multiple of five because the denominator would also be a multiple of 5. Proceed by listing out all the other possible fractions and we realize that the numerator and denominator are always relatively prime. We have 499 fractions to start with, and 250 with odd numerators. Subtract 50 to account for the multiples of 5, and we get .
- Solution by MaheshBabuChapati
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